England move to tier 4 starting Sunday 20th December

England move to tier 4 starting Sunday 20th December because of an increase in Covid-19 infection rates. Christmas rules tightened for England, Scotland and Wales.

The Government has announced a new level of restrictions to address an increase in Covid-19 infection rates.

‘Tier 4 – Stay At Home’ comes into effect  on 20 December in the following areas:

  • Greater London (all 32 boroughs and the City of London)
  • Kent
  • Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes)
  • Berkshire
  • Surrey (excluding Waverley)
  • Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth
  • Rother and Hastings
  • Bedfordshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring)
  • Peterborough

England move to tier 4 starting Sunday 20th December

O2 Arena Basketball
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Basketball England can confirm the conditions outlined below are applicable in Tier 4 areas:

  • Non-Elite Senior and Junior (U18) indoor activity is not permitted.
  • Elite competition and training can continue – BBL, WBBL, NBL Division One, WNBL Division One, EABL, WEABL (RTP Level 2). Elite  level is defined by government and detailed in Appendix 5 of the RTP document HERE.
  • Educationally based training is permitted for U18 players. For players over 18, Non-elite rules apply. No competitions are permitted.
  • Outdoor Basketball is permitted in line with RTP level 4 conditions for seniors.

Basketball England joint Chief Operating Officer Charlie Ford said:

“We understand the latest Government announcements will come as a further setback to everyone in the game. However, with infection rates on the rise, we must all observe the latest measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

“We will continue to seek further guidance from the Government in relation to our planned restart to Junior National League competitions and we will update everyone in the basketball community early in the New Year.”